It’s just one of those things. #WordlessWednesday

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May 16, 2012 by dairycarrie

Her first meal.

Meet Brandi the calf. In this picture she is about 4 hours old and is getting her first meal of colostrum. As I was feeding her I realized that one of my favorite things in life is the moment that a brand new calf takes it’s first willing drink. In a calf this young the suckling reflex is all instinct. Sometimes the calf will fight you like you are trying to kill them when you put the bottle’s nipple in their mouth. Sometimes the instinct part doesn’t kick in very quickly and the calf can’t seem to figure out what to do with it’s tongue. It can be frustrating and tries the patience of even the most saintly calf feeder. But then all of a sudden the gears click, they take a little drink, they taste the milk and go to town. I swear you can see the calf “get it”, they relax and all of a sudden I’m not some scary thing, I am transformed into the nice lady with the food. I can’t imagine my life without this simple moment in it.

With all of these cows and heifers due to calve in the next few months I will get to experience lots of these moments. Good thing I got vacation out of the way.

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4 thoughts on “It’s just one of those things. #WordlessWednesday

  1. Steph says:

    Looks like you will be kept really busy! We are enjoying a small break at the moment. In June we have 39 heifers due to freshen… let the fun begin!!

  2. Jackie says:

    Right now its raining bull calves. 5 in a row the last few days but whos counting! Bulls seem a bit slower to get uhe bottle idea.

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